Keeping Track of Youngsters Can Keep Them from Gambling

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-11_cdcbf37ac7.jpgMichele Galli/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- You can gamble a little less with your children’s future if you pay closer attention to them once they turn 11. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say that parents who keep track of their youngsters’ activities will help them avoid the pitfalls of problem gambling in their young adulthood.

They reached that conclusion by surveying more than 500 Baltimore youth on parental monitoring and gambling from the ages of 11 through 14. While virtually all parents kept a close eye on children from the onset, those that remained vigilant about wanting to know more about kids’ activities with peers as they got older seemed to steer adolescents away from problems with gambling when they reached the ages of 16-22.

Even so, it’s estimated that 80 percent of teens will gamble at some point with 13 percent exhibiting signs of problem gambling, which includes trying to get money to gamble and the inability to stop destructive behavior.

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